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"To me, being able to focus, being relaxed, kind of seeing things clearly as they're happening, is a much better and more productive way to play," Favre said. "Being nervous and having anxiety and things like that, I don't think can be a plus when you're in a decision-making role."
Teammate Ryan Longwell, who left the Packers to join the Vikings in 2006, talked to Favre several times this summer as he mulled coming to Minnesota. By far, their longest conversation was about this particular game.
"I think it'll be different for him, but I think he'll know how to handle it," Longwell said.
Defensive end Jared Allen expects a "good harsh ripping on" from the crowd.
"I want to hear some funny stuff out there," Allen said.
Linebacker Ben Leber downplayed the possibility of nastiness at Lambeau.
"Listen, I've been a part of some Raider-Charger games, so I think I've seen the worst in the league," Leber said.
After Favre's first retirement in 2008, he tried to force his way back with the Packers, who ultimately decided he wouldn't fit anymore. Favre acknowledged Wednesday "it's probably best that things worked out the way they did."
After playing for the New York Jets last year, hanging it up and then reconsidering again to sign with the Vikings, Favre is in prime form for a talented, well-rounded team with serious Super Bowl aspirations.
That's what burns Packers fans most.
"I think our fans here in Green Bay are first class, and I think they'll do what they feel is appropriate," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, when asked what kind of reception he thinks Favre will get.
Favre has maintained a defiant stance when asked about his deteriorating legacy in Green Bay. He repeatedly said his success there should speak for itself, and described a stream of supportive letters he's received from Packers backers since he left.
"If you're a true fan, you're a true fan," he said, adding: "The people that have jumped ship or whatever completely, what can I do? ... There was always Brett Favre haters out there, and that will never change."
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